Police & Courts

Published November 17, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Still facing a civil lawsuit over the death of an inmate in 2014, Macomb County has been dealt another lawsuit, this one claiming negligence in the death of a 37-year-old woman while in custody in 2013.

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed in late September states that Jennifer Meyers died following a prolonged illness after serving 12 days of a 30-day sentence on June 26, 2013, for failure to make child support payments, resulting in a $500 fine.

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Published November 16, 2016

Troy School District officials have suspended a 15-year-old Troy High School student who reportedly made threats via multiple platforms on social media about carrying out a school shooting.

“No direct threats were made to Troy High School or any other school,” said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

“He had an unusual interest in school shootings in general and talked about it with other kids on social media,” she said.

Police received a tip about the threats the morning of Nov. 16 and immediately began to investigate.

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Published November 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A local woman was hospitalized recently after being beaten and robbed in her garage.

Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, said that around 2:40 a.m. Nov. 14, police responded to a residence in the 23000 block of Grayson Drive on a report of a robbery.

When officers arrived, they located a 33-year-old Southfield woman, who had been struck in the head several times during a robbery.

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Published November 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A former Ferndale police officer was sentenced to probation and a fine in an assault and battery case that stemmed from an April incident that occurred while he was on patrol.

Former officer Jason White was given a $500 fine, the maximum amount possible, and six months of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery.

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Published November 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police arrested a Troy man after they discovered him carrying a gun at 11:16 p.m. Nov. 12 in a neighborhood near Adams and Auburn roads. 

According to a police report, a resident of a home on Leach Road reported a suspicious man going from door to door telling people he was cold and wanted a hot drink. He was last seen walking on the Clinton River Trail in the same area. 

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Published November 15, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 23-year-old Detroit woman was arrested and charged for allegedly hitting her boyfriend with her car in Mount Clemens Nov. 12.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, deputies and Mount Clemens fire officials were dispatched to an address on N. River Court at 11:08 a.m. following a report of an unconscious man lying on the ground.

When emergency officials arrived they found the body of a seriously injured 41-year-old Mount Clemens man in a parking lot.

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Published November 15, 2016

TROY — A handyman at the Somerset Park Apartments pleaded guilty to first-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony, Nov. 9.

William Jones, the maintenance worker at the apartment complex, told Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant that convicted murderer Charles Anthony Stephens approached him in the basement of the apartment building March 21 and asked him for the keys. Jones complied, believing Stephens intended to commit larceny.

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Published November 14, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 2:19 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, police responded to Eppler Junior High School for reports of a motion alarm triggered near the gymnasium.

Officers checked exterior doors, set up a perimeter and shined their vehicles’ emergency lights on the school.

A responding school security representative witnessed two men walking through a hallway inside the building. The men walked out of a basement door with their hands in the air, and police took them into custody.

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Published November 14, 2016

Police are investigating an incident in which a man’s body was found burning in a local alley recently.

According to a news release from Lt. Thomas Langewicz, of the Southfield Police Department, around 1:22 a.m. Nov. 12 an officer from the Berkley Police Department saw smoke emanating from behind a business at 27167 Greenfield Road, near 11 Mile.

The officer discovered a deceased man lying in the alley at the rear of the mall.

The man and a nearby dumpster were on fire, Langewicz said, when the Berkley officer discovered them.

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Published November 11, 2016

ROSEVILLE — In an ongoing investigation, three Master Car Wash employees were arrested for allegedly selling drugs at or near the car wash, according to a press release from Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon Nov. 8.

“(The) investigation began Sept. 22 with Special Investigation Division detectives receiving information of alleged narcotic trafficking out of the Masters Car Wash. During the ensuing investigation, detectives were able to identify three subjects as being involved in the reported activity,” stated Glandon.

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Published November 11, 2016

Compromised safety gear is being blamed for the accidental death of a tree trimmer who fell while cutting back trees at a Bloomfield Hills home Nov. 10.

According to Detective Lt. Noel Clason, of the Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department,  a 911 call came in at 11:40 a.m. that day from a residence in the area of Woodward and Long Lake Road. The caller said a tree trimmer had fallen from about 40 feet above the ground while removing branches and vines with saws from a large wooded area on the residential lot.

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Published November 10, 2016

Local authorities are searching for clues that could lead to information on a deadly incident recently.

According to Lt. Ted Goff, of the Southfield Police Department, two officers were on patrol around 11 p.m. Nov. 7 at Eight Mile and Northland Drive when a Farmington Hills driver, 54, travelling westbound crossed into the median and crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Goff said that when the officers went to the man’s aid he was semiconscious. Paramedics discovered that the man had been shot once in the left shoulder.

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Published November 10, 2016

Troy police arrested a 65-year-old Troy man after he allegedly spat, banged on and kicked a neighbor woman’s vehicle, yelling obscenities and ethnic slurs at her, then exposed himself to her as he jogged on Hillmore Drive, south of Square Lake Road, just after 3:15 p.m. Nov. 6.

According to police, the man was jogging when the woman approached him in her vehicle from behind. He waved her to pass him, but she did not, according to police reports.

Police said the man felt she was driving too close to him and he began yelling at her.

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Published November 10, 2016

Police are looking for a person who shot and killed a man in his late 20s in Sterling Heights early in the morning Nov. 9

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. James Belmonte, the man was killed at about 3:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Plumbrook and Schoenherr roads. Belmonte called the incident a homicide but declined to offer further details, and would not verify whether any witnesses saw the shooting take place.

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Published November 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — As part of an initiative to make justice more accessible, officials at the 46th District Court, 26000 Evergreen Road, have unveiled a new program in which residents can review their cases online.

According to Chief Judge Shelia Johnson, parties can now resolve eligible traffic violations and warrants through an online system unveiled this month.

On the online platform, people can communicate with the court and law enforcement personnel through emails and text messages.

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Published November 9, 2016

FERNDALE — A Hazel Park man who had 53 suspensions on his license was arrested Halloween weekend after an attempted robbery of a Ferndale pharmacy.

Ferndale police arrested 57-year-old Jonas Smith at around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 30 after he allegedly stole toiletries from a CVS Pharmacy at 900 W. Nine Mile Road.

Smith left CVS allegedly with $24 worth of items and drove south on Livernois Avenue, where Ferndale officers  reportedly spotted his 2000 Buick LeSabre.

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Published November 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Michael Luna, a 24-year-old Warren resident who allegedly led police on a chase in early August, had his preliminary examination at 39th District Court in Roseville Oct. 28 and was bound over to the Macomb County Circuit Court. 

Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Worden had Officer Brian Dobrzycki, Officer Thomas Pfeifer and Officer Michael Angeleri testify during the examination.

Dobrzycki testified that he saw Luna quickly enter and leave a hotel that’s known for criminal activity.

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Published November 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety officers are investigating two home invasions and a third attempted invasion that occurred in the city earlier this month.

On Nov. 2, an intruder or intruders broke into a home in the 1900 block of Oxford Road, and on Nov. 3, police were dispatched to a residence in the 1900 block of Severn Road on a home invasion report.

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Published November 9, 2016

ROCHESTER — Violent crimes in Rochester have slightly increased over the last year, while the city’s property crime incidents have decreased, according to statistics recently released by the FBI.

The number of property crimes citywide fell from 107 incidents in 2014 to 80 in 2015, while Rochester’s violent crimes inched up from 12 incidents to 13 in the same span, according to the FBI’s 2015 Crime in the United States report.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 29-year old Macomb Township man who was riding his bike home from work was struck and killed by a car around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man, Kevin Fletcher, was hit while crossing the intersection of Romeo Plank and Hall Road by a northbound traveling vehicle. 

The vehicle reportedly fled the scene and continued traveling northbound. 

The man was traveling home from work at P.F. Chang’s at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township, off of Hall Road.

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